Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

In Touch – June 3, 2022

Date: June 3, 2022 | Categories: amethyst | Tags: newsletter

1515 Cheapside Street
London, Ontario, N5V 3N9
Tel. (519) 453-4400 / 1-866-640-0044
Fax (519) 453-4193
Website: pdsbnet.ca/amethyst
Twitter: @AmethystSchool
Mrs. Sherry Eacrett (Student Support Manager)
Ms. Angela McHardy (Principal)

Amethyst’s mission is to provide a safe place where students, families and staff find support to learn, grow, discover and ultimately “Believe in Themselves”.

A reminder that students must pass the screening tool daily and show verification of this to attend school: COVID-19 school screening and follow the direction given.

Congratulations to our award winners last week:

  • Mackenzie K. won the Growth Mindset award
  • Shark Tank Boys won the WOW award
  • Ang S. won the Kindness award

Staff and students are still required to complete and pass the covid-19 school screener each day. Please follow the NEXT STEPS that are provided at the end of the screener, including the directions about a RETURN TO SCHOOL.

If students are absent they should be checking their Google Classrooms and completing the asynchronous work that is posted when they are well enough to do so.

Save the Date! Our Parent Council has used funds from the Parent Reaching Out Grant to book Sara Westbrook who will present to our students as well as our parents. The parent presentation is a virtual presentation that will take place on Thursday, June 16th at 5:30 pm. Please see the information below for further details. We hope to see you there!


Amethyst Demonstration School Presents: Sara Westbrook

A child’s emotional state affects their performance at school, their relationships and their physical and mental well-being. Emotions can be hard to identify, to move through and hardest of all…to talk about.

Nurturing Your Child’s Emotional Well-Being:

  • Date: Thursday June 16th
  • Time: 5:30pm – 6:45pm

In this virtual presentation, parents and guardians will learn 3 strategies to help develop: Resilience and Emotional Well-Being in Children.

Using the 3 strategies with your child will help them:

  • Self-regulate
  • Decrease anxiety and stress
  • Have a closer relationship with others
  • Communicate with empathy, respect & kindness
  • Create healthier mental and physical well-being

“Amazing presentation Sara! Your presentation clearly articulated practical strategies and tips to easily put in place, where materials I’ve tried to read on this subject have been too overwhelming.”

Parent/Frontenac PS

Congratulations to our Elementary students who participated in the track and field meet. Students performed well and overall it was a great day for everyone. Thank you to our coaches and our secondary students who helped out at the meet.

We are looking forward to our year end field trip on Tuesday, June 7th at Camp Kee-Mo-Kee. Students are encouraged to wear the tie-dye shirts they made this year for our trip!

Our secondary students will be completing culminating tasks during the week of June 13th and exams on June 20th and June 21st. On June 22, secondary students will be working with the Student Support Counsellors as well as preparing for Recognition Night. The secondary teachers have planned a trip for their students on June 23rd and in the evening they will participate in our Recognition Night. Please note that there will not be any further programming scheduled for secondary students after June 23rd as all final tasks/exams will be completed.

Student Recognition Night is scheduled for Thursday, June 23, 7 – 9 pm. Please plan to arrive and be seated by 6:45. This is an evening where we recognize all of the students and their achievements. As we will be holding this event in our gymnasium, it is necessary to set a limit on attendance.  Each student will be able to have 4 guests attend, with the possibility of exceptions, once everyone has RSVP’d and we know numbers.

Please RSVP to Mrs. Harju (janet.harju@ontario.ca) by June 13th.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Extended Day Program/Lodging Update

Hi Parents and Guardians,

On Tuesday May 31st lodging and extended day participated in the Pool Olympics. The students did kayak races, swam for frisbees, did a noodle climb and a ball race! Lastly, we had a dive competition, way to go divers!

Students are encouraged to bring fans in for the month of June in student lodging.

Parents and siblings are welcome to come to Amethyst for family nights every Wednesday!

Upcoming Events At Amethyst

  • Student BBQ for dinner – Staff are hosting a student BBQ with hot dogs, chips, cesar salad, and freezies on Monday June 20th at 5:00pm. Student Support Counselors will make dinner for the students instead of the kitchen.
  • End of Year Trips Information
    • Extended Day – Palasad on Wednesday June 1 (3:15-5pm). Extended day will be back in time for dinner and transportation.
    • The Loft – Mackies trip to Port Stanley on Thursday June 16
    • Shark Tank – Palasad and Kelsey’s on Wednesday June 8
    • Eagles Den – Palasad and Kelesy’s on Tuesday June 21
    • The Knights – Fleetway on Monday June 13
    • The Cave – Palasad on Thursday May 26

Square Foot Art Show

Thank you to everyone for the support of our art show! Winners of the bids have been contacted by staff Laura! Option to pick up the winnings or they can be sent home with your child. Payments in cash only please.

Fundraiser – “Plantables.”

Plantables is an exciting new start up (est. 1998) based in Forest, Ontario that grow healthy, hardy and happy fruit and vegetable plants. The best part is, they ship them DIRECTLY to your door, when you want them!

All you have to do is pick what plants you want to grow, choose when you want them delivered and wait for your box of garden-ready plants to arrive on your doorstep. Shipping weeks are available from April- June.

How does the program work?

Go to plantables.ca. and make sure they enter the code 1515 at the checkout or follow our direct link that has been emailed out to families – https://plantables.ca/for/1515.

Fundraiser – Kernels Popcorn

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Kernels popcorn fundraiser. We sold over 1000 bags!

Bags have been sorted and will be sent home with students on Friday June 3.

Extended day Information

If students would like to stay for the school events past 5:30pm please fill out a permission form, cancel bus transportation, and pick up your child after the festivities are over. All permission forms have been sent to families via email. Please return to the Student Support Manager- Sherry Eacrett- sherry.eacrett@ontario.ca, or send in with your child to the main office. Please reach out to the emails below if you have any questions.

Dorm Contact Information:

  • Shark Tank: Dorm Ext 1621, Cell: 226-926-5619
  • The Cave: Dorm Ext 1699, Cell: 226-926-6731
  • Eagles Den: Dorm Ext 1676, Cell: 226-926-6341
  • The Loft: Dorm Ext 1686, Cell: 226-926-5574
  • The Knights: Dorm Ext 1675, Cell: 519-636-0369

Extended Day Contact Information: